Preliminary Recommendations on the Design and Governance of Performing Arts Center

Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center submitted preliminary recommendations on the design and governance of the proposed Performing Arts Center today. The report provides preliminary recommendation on the design and governance for the performing arts center, the results of the charrettes held earlier this month, as well as conversations with practitioners in the performing arts field. Mr. Davis, along with our panel of experts will discuss the findings during the City Council’s Special Called Retreat on Oct 21, 2014.

Sandy Springs to Host Charrette on Programming Its Performing Arts Center

Workshop targeted to visual, performing and musical arts and business planners 

The City of Sandy Springs is seeking input from directors for arts organizations, theater, dance groups, music promoters, visual arts organizations, and youth and business programming to participate in an interactive charrette, which will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Heritage Sandy Springs located at 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328.

The charrette is intended to gain feedback from these groups on their organization’s potential uses for the City’s performing arts facility, including how the variety of programming uses will impact an annual calendar, amenities needs, back of house requirements and seating.

Rick Davis, Executive Director of the George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center, a multi-use facility in Manassas, Virginia, will facilitate the session. Davis joined George Mason University in 1991 as Artistic Director of Theater of the First Amendment and a member of the theater faculty, producing dozens of world premier productions. In 2011, he was named Executive Director of Mason’s new, 1,200-seat Hylton Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art venue with multiple performance and exhibition spaces presenting touring artists as well as many resident arts organizations, civic events, business functions and educational activities.

“The workshop is designed to hone our strategy for the performing arts center and associated community meeting space. We want to ensure we fully understand how the ultimate users – our local civic, community arts and similar groups – expect to use the facility, so we can fine tune the design for those uses,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

Registration for the charrette is requested. Organizations can RSVP online at The sessions are organized by business and performance categories, and times for the sessions will be emailed to those registered.

The City launched an online survey for community feedback on desired programming events on September 11, 2014, which will remain open for feedback until October 3, 2014. Based on the charrette, analysis of survey data and additional research from industry experts, the City Center Planning team will provide recommendations to the City Council on a programming strategy.

The Sandy Springs City Council approved a site development plan for the City Center on September 2, 2014, which includes office space to house government services, green space, residential and retail areas, in addition to meeting space and a performing arts center.

Special Called City Council Meeting on August 27 Gets Large Turnout

More than 180 people attended the August 27, special-called meeting of the Sandy Springs City Council, which included a presentation on the proposed Performing Arts Center and introduced the various possibilities for the first phase of the Master Plan. Members of the community were also able to provide the Council with feedback. Please click here to review the presentation. The City is also in the process of planning for the retail component for City Center and shared some of the responses from the recently launched survey. If you haven’t already, please visit City Center Retail Survey to take the 4-question survey and share your opinion.  

Community Members Help Develop City Center Vision during Open House Meeting

More than 100 community members visited the Public Open House meeting at City Hall yesterday to give their input on the City Center Development project. The focus of the event was the proposal to include a Performing Arts Center and Meeting Space in the project. Members of the master development team were on hand to discuss the scope of these items and to receive ideas and feedback directly from the people who will ultimately use these facilities.

You can still submit your thoughts to the Mayor, City Council and master developers using the online submission form on the Performing Arts Center page.

Performing Arts Center and Meeting Space Update Presented to Mayor and City Council

Members of the Sandy Springs community attended a presentation on the proposed Performing Arts Center and Meeting Space given to the Mayor and City Council at City Hall this evening. The presentation precedes an Open House Meeting tomorrow evening from 6-8 p.m., where the public can interact with City Staff and the City Center project developers.

City of Sandy Springs Takes Next Step in Selection of City Center Master Planner

SANDY SPRINGS (June 18, 2014)  – The City of Sandy Springs today announced it has selected Carter/Selig Enterprises (Carter/Selig) as its proposed Master Developer partner for Phase I of City Center development.  Carter/Selig was among four finalists reviewed by the City as part of a two-part process, which began in January 2014 with a Request for Qualifications and the subsequent Request for Proposals and interviews conducted this spring.

“The selection committee did an excellent job in not only looking at what was in front of us, but also taking the time for due diligence validating our desires against expectations,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “With Carter/Selig, their depth of experience and approach in creating value for its customers will provide a strong partnership for the City.”

In reviewing proposals, the evaluation committee weighed carefully how proposed development concepts aligned with the goals, visions and intent described in the City Center Master Plan. In presenting its recommendation, the Committee cited several strengths favoring Carter/Selig:

·       Carter/Selig presented a cohesive team within a simple organization with clear lines of authority and accountability.

·       Carter and Selig firms are two of the oldest and most successful, long-term real estate developers/owners in the region, demonstrating significant experience as a team.

·       Carter/Selig demonstrated flexibility in approach to uses and density.

·       Carter/Selig presented a comprehensive approach for program management and the most competitive fee of all participants.

·       Carter/Selig demonstrated a broad range of recent public-private partnership development experience, with Columbus Commons and Cincinnati River Front projects set forth as two examples.

During its June 17, 2014 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a letter of intent with Carter/Selig and begin a 90-day confirmation period in which the Master Plan and project programming requirements are outlined in more finalized detail.

“This project begins a transformation of the Roswell Road corridor.  With opportunity comes responsibility,” added Paul. “This 90-day period will enable the City, along with our Master Developer partner, architect, landscape architect as well as the community, to come to consensus on a final vision for City Center.  It’s a big responsibility and an exciting time ahead.”

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